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Nelson's Ledges Trail is a 1.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Garrettsville, Ohio that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from August until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 1.8 mi Elevation gain 101 ft Route type Loop

Dog friendly

Hiking

Mountain biking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Cave

Forest

River

Waterfall

Wild flowers

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Bradley Smith
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Hiking

Great place to explore. Multiple in’s and out’s between the rocks and caves. A couple waterfalls as well. Tree and moss growth on the rock walls is beautiful. Easy trails to walk around with a few scrambles depending on where you go.

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Danny Lange
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Hiking

Excellent trails that twist, rise and fall through the ledges.

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Rachel Malloy
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Jacqueline Collins
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HikingMuddy

I walked the trail in mid-April, when parks were just re-opening after COVID. It was crowded both down in the ledges and up on the ridge, so I’m not sure I’d recommend it for relaxation. Still, the rock formations are beautiful, and it’s a fun place to take kids to run around a bit. I’d recommend waiting at least two days after a rain; the trails retain water.

Joel Carter
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Hiking

one of the best hikes in ohio.

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Tuga Green
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MuddyRocky

Super fun trail, however, it can be confusing as it is lacking signage. The parking is nice but if going on the weekend, be sure to get there early to secure a spot.

Martin Goetzinger
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HikingRocky

This is great area to go explore. I don’t know if I would call it a trail. If you are into video games, I would call this an ‘open’ world where you explore what you want, when you want. I took one star away because the area was crowded and the parking lot was full. Ok - about the trail: it was a lot of fun. It reminds me a bit of Panama Rocks in NY. There are massive rock formations to crawl around that are stories and stories high. They do not disappoint! The trail itself is confusing and not well marked. But it doesn’t matter so much as you have the ticks to keep you oriented. This is NOT a place I would go if you are unstable on your feet and/or at dusk/night.

Randy Hikes In Nature
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Hiking

Brilliant place! Brilliant trails! Every time I am in area I go here, never gets old! If in the Cleveland metro area, go! You will not regret! I make videos of my hikes, please check out my YouTube channel “Randyhikesinnature”

Randy Hikes In Nature
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Been here a few times. This place is magical. An incredible place to lose yourself for a few hours and become a kid again. Nothing better! Well worth the drive from anywhere!!! Check out my videos of Nelson Ledges and others on YouTube Randyhikesinnature.

rene Porchowsky
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HikingRocky

Trail was very busy by the ledges. There were other trails deeper into the woods but it was unclear if those were supposed to be for public use or not. The ledges were very cool, but busy.

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Kaytlin King
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Hiking

There are great trails and so many things you could have explored but it’s been ruined by people. Every cave we tried to go to had people smoking marijuana. I saw so much broken glass and empty beer cans were scattered throughout the trails. Not much of a family friendly place anymore.

Bryan Page
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Christina Medina
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Hiking

Love this trail!!!

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Douglas Sears
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Hiking

lots of fun over, under & around some interesting rock formations. Be careful, though.

S I
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HikingMuddy

I can’t believe that I’ve not been to this area before. Nelson Kennedy Ledges State Park is an absolute gem. I like this so much more than the ledges trail in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. It is nowhere near as crowded as the ledges in the CVNP, but it’s maybe even more gorgeous. There are waterfalls, beautiful views, and so much moss.

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Mollie Jones
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The trail is mostly wooded and you can definitely can climb a bit but there is boundaries that are marked off as private land. Overall not a bad walk and you can make your own intensity by whether you want to climb up / down some of the rocks and gorges and jump some gaps or take the woodland paths around.

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Viktoria Lee
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Hiking

This is an awesome trail for climbing over rocks and boulders and through cracks and crevices. Saw two waterfalls inside rock formations and if your adventurous you can make it to the bottom of them!! Some areas allow just walking.... but the real fun and sights are in the rocks!!

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Peter Stangert
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Adam Levine
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red trail was pretty dope

Julie N
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Hiking

More of a moderate trail than easy. Beautiful.

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Trish T
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Hiking

Meandering trails... fun! Just watch for broken glass

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Jovanna Miceli
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Hiking

Different every time!!

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Randy Fink
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Hiking

Really cool place! Went once with dog and second time without which allowed more climbing! Will go back!

Joseph Clendenen
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Steven Berger
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